With all the maternity, baby and kid shoots it's an understatement to say families are getting larger by the minute. One of the best things about our job is photographing a mommy to be and then meeting the baby once he or she is welcomed to the world. Its also pretty cool to see how fast a little ball of joy can completely change the family dynamic and add a little stress to the parent lives. Jay and I haven't lucked out with a baby who is completely sleeping for their photo shoot, so we get to witness the feeding, changing, and questioning why the baby is still crying when we think we did everything we could phase! For two non parents we are learning a lot!! haha - and it may be scaring one of us more then helping...not mentioning any names.
On that note, I have been a little more vocal about the struggles that Jay and I have had but being around kids and babies is an absolute joy and we love every minute of it! In a way its fulfilling a nurturing need that I have, but it will still be culture shock when the babies and kids will actually live with us! Jay and I still have the convenience of doing what we want when we want, and after each photo shoot we look at each other and remind ourselves to enjoy this time while we still have it. Whether it be two or three years from now, we will look back and be thankful we had this time to dedicate to the business.
This past maternity shoot that we did was the perfect mixture of the mommy to be, the soon to be big brother, and father! We loved being able to photograph this family in their natural environment, at their home. It was a lot easier getting 2 year old Jackson to warm up to us and do what we wanted him to, rather then in the studio. There were so many times where we have the perfect picture in our heads and it will just go a completely different way, we have learned to expect the unexpected with kids!!
This photo shoot was a little different because it was a joint photo shoot for Jackson's 2nd Birthday and Maternity pictures for Tracy and Rick, which worked out great for Jackson. He got a very tasty chocolate cupcake, posed for a few pictures, and then he was free to play! Upstairs Tracy, Rick, Jay and I were able to get a good amount of maternity pictures with Tracy's "mommy to be glow" and the perfect amount of sunlight coming through the window, which combined for a fabulous day!
Here are a few pics from Tracy's Gallery! You can see the rest of the 130 pics from this shoot in the client galleries HERE.